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How to create a parenting schedule that puts children first

Parents in Kentucky who are getting a divorce may create a parenting schedule, or a judge might make one for them. These negotiations may be difficult for parents, but they should be aware that if they go to court, one parent could end up with even less time with the child than the other parent originally offered.

The schedule is not for the convenience of the parents. It should also not be looked upon as something a parent wins or loses at or as a tool to get back at the other parent; it is there to facilitate the child's relationship with the parents after a divorce, and parents should put themselves in their child's place when creating it. The schedule should account for the child's activities and such logistical concerns as where each parent lives and how far that is from the child's school. Parents may want to consult older children on their preferences. They should also accept that they may have different approaches to parenting, but that this will not harm the child.

Parents should take a few weeks to test the schedule. This will let them know if there are any major changes that need to be made. The parenting schedule should be focused on the present situation rather than future plans, such as a parent's intention to move.

Parents should be flexible about the schedule and try to work out minor issues themselves. A parent's relocation that affects custody and visitation or a parent's ongoing inability or refusal to follow the schedule could require a return to court. A court may deny a parent's request for a relocation if it determines that it is not in the child's best interests. If a parent is violating the terms of the custody and visitation agreement, the court may help enforce it.

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